Vilnius, Lithuania-based pilot training group BAA Training shared an article titled “Why Virtual Reality for Pilot Training is a Good Idea” discussing the value of virtual reality or virtual reality for pilot training. Check out part of the article below the full article can be found here.
“With respect to BAA training, we have successfully integrated the technology into A320 and B737 NG Type Rating training as well as the MCC stage of the Ab Initio training process in ATPL Integrated, Cadet and other programs. The VR technology we use allows our students to practice, simulate it aboard the cabin, move around as they would inside, access controls and controls, which makes them makes them more suitable for simulator training.
Virtual reality can be fully customized
Although VR technology cannot be used as a complete substitute for airplanes and full flight simulators, it provides unrestricted access to the new cockpit while training flows and procedures in organized training modules. In other words, it augments the simulator training already scheduled and creates a better training experience for pilots.
Virtual reality is fully customizable, which makes it very flexible. It is also completely mobile since VR headsets are portable. For A320 and B737 NG type rating students, BAA Training donates the VR headsets for 30 days of 24/7 use at their own pace and time. In these respects, it beats both real planes and traditional simulators.
Using VR technology, you can realistically simulate emergencies such as cabin fires, which is difficult to do effectively otherwise. To support cabin crew training, BAA Training plans to acquire new VR equipment that will have this functionality. The moment you set the fire, the students see smoke fill the plane, the passengers cough and they hear the instructor – their adrenaline begins to surge. A virtual accident or a simulated dangerous situation affects the student’s future behavior more than a book or a video. This leaves a lasting impression on their psyche and can make them calmer when a threat arises in real life.
Virtual reality is more effective than the “real thing”
Studies have shown that virtual reality assisted learning is more effective than traditional learning methods by up to 400%. It is particularly effective for things such as spatial and situational awareness, decision making and problem solving, workload management and efficiency as well as teamwork and communication. It encourages students to go beyond perfecting flight maneuvers and instead provides an opportunity to work on peripheral skills that they would otherwise not have had sufficient time to develop. And, of course, it doesn’t require textbooks, videos, or teachers. It can therefore add value to the time spent studying and, in the long run, produce better pilots who remember their training more effectively.
Source: BAA Training
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